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The chat in Ark lets you write messages to other players and read their messages.


Ark has 3 chat "channels":

Commands (Does Not Apply To Console)

Key Description
\ Toggle Auto-Hide Chatbox
↵ Enter Start typing in Global chat
Insert Start typing in Local chat
/ Start typing in Tribe chat
Home Start typing in Alliance chat
Pgup Scroll up Chatbox
Pgdown Scroll down Chatbox
Tab ↹ (While Chat Input is active)

Switch through the different chat types


The name of the player who wrote a message is colored dependant their relationship to you.

Relationship Color
In your Tribe Green
You Grey
Other Yellow/Red/Maroon
Alliance Blue

Chat Emoji Icons

Typing certain characters will replace the text with an emoji in the chat for others to view. The following is a list of known in-game emojis:

Text Description Preview
:) Happy face with eyes closed. Emo Smile.png
;) winky face with a sincere smile. Emo Wink.png
:D Excited face with mouth and eyes open. Emo Laugh.png
:( Sad face with one tear. Emo Sad.png
>:) Purple devil cheeky face. Emo Evil.png
:| Straight face with beady eyes. Emo Blank.png
:o (Letter O not zero) Surprised face with big eyes and raised eyebrows. Emo Eyes.png
:P Eyes closed with tongue out. Emo Tongue.png